The Crucible

The fascinating in the familiar

A simple droplet shows that there are still plenty of puzzles to ponder in everyday observations, says Philip Ball

In the Pipeline

Death of a reagent

Fashion and progress combine to mean some reactions and reagents persist, while others fall by the wayside, says Derek Lowe


Developments in chemical education

At the American Chemical Society meeting we heard about how students are now engaging in alternative ways of communicating and promoting science


In defence of metrics

Are metrics a necessary evil, or can they be a force for good? Anthony Olejniczak sticks up for stats

Classic Kit

Martin's columns

If you can think and not make thoughts your aim

Organic Matter

Trekking across chemical frontiers

You can’t shake a 1000 gallon reactor, says Chemjobber, so plant-scale hydrogenation is a challenge of phase boundaries

Critical Point

The trouble with boycotts

Cutting academic ties with a censured state can do more harm than good, says Mark Peplow


July 2014

Size of research groups - is bigger better? Takeover bids and spontaneous combustion


Oranges and Lemons

28 August 2014

Oranges and Lemons

A professional makeover for the old reaction scheme

21 August 2014

A professional makeover for the old reaction scheme